The Hacking Contest is growing! In 2021 we are expanding the judging team to include more community members, each specialized in the various entry categories.
Thoroughly judging entries is time consuming. In 2020 we had a 35% increase in the total amount of entries due for judging compared to the previous three years.
While judges have their preference in terms of how much time is spent on a hack, the fact is that in order to play all contest hacks through from the beginning to the end it typically takes anywhere between 12 and 20 hours.
For those judges who write verbose evaluations, the overall time taken can sometimes even double.
The considerable increase in time necessary to allocate for judging entries has made it difficult for expo entries to gain attention. Last year we widened the gap between submission deadline and contest week.
This year we fixing this with the addition of more staff; which will now focus on judging entries fitting their specialization/area.
This has also allowed the return of a few judges from previous contests, in particular for the Retro Entries, of which a few vacancies were available this year.
With judges only focusing on one area, this should improve the situation for judges and entrants alike.
While most judges will be sticking to categories they are specialized in, certain judges may choose to judge one or more entry categories.
• D.A. Garden, Jubbalub, mrcat-pixel, Ravenfreak, Selbi, Spanner, SSF1991 (Donnie), StephenUK, SuperEgg and Yoshister
• Axanery, Jubbalub, LJSTAR, RMGRich, Rubberduckycooly, SSF1991 (Donnie) and SuperSonic16
• Dario FF, ĐeäTh, HyperBE32, ItsEasyActually, Melpontro, Sajid, Sewer56, Skyth, SpeepsHighway, SSF1991 (Donnie) and TwilightZoney
Cinossu remains involved with the SHC website and will be focusing on that this year rather than taking part in judging.
Any other judge from 2020 not in this list is not involved with SHC as a judge in 2021.